Wang allows premier written report
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that the premier can submit a written policy report instead of delivering it orally if the ruling party and the opposition can reach a consensus on the issue.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Wang's comment came after Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) was blocked by the opposition from taking the podium to make his policy report twice in two weeks.
According to the regulations, the Executive Yuan is obliged to submit a written form of its policy report annually on Sept. 1 to all lawmakers, while the premier is required to deliver the report in the Assembly Hall of the Legislature before the end of September.
Jiang already delivered a written policy report at the beginning of the legislative session.
After a Kuomintang (KMT) caucus meeting yesterday, KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) said a cross-caucus negotiation will be held again today, noting that as the Legislative Yuan is set to begin its plenary interpellation in October, the opposition should allow Jiang to make his address today.
Lin said that if the opposition continues to block the premier, then submitting a written report would be an alternative. Lin added that all lawmakers can read it since Jiang had already submitted it.
Lin urged the opposition caucus to communicate with Jiang in a rational manner, adding that Jiang should at least get a chance to explain himself.
The Legislative Yuan cannot stay idle, Lin stressed.
In response, Wang said that the KMT's suggestion is negotiable, adding that if the opposition accepts the proposal, then “there is nothing wrong” with replacing the oral report with the written one.
Wang stressed, however, that both the ruling party and the opposition caucuses must give their consent; otherwise, the move will be controversial.